Shannon Watts Spreads Misinformation on AR-15s After Trump Announces Syria Policy

WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 08: Founder of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense founder Shannon Watts joins other gun safety advocates for a news conference to introduce legislation to expand background checks for firearm sales in the Rayburn Room of the U.S. Capitol January 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. Eight …
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Moms Demand Action founder Shannon Watts responded to President Trump’s Syria policy by claiming it is easier to purchase a semiautomatic rifle than it is to purchase Sudafed.

Watts did not mention that the FDA allows Sudafed to be purchased at retail by simply showing one’s driver’s license. There is no waiting period or National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) check. However, a NICS check must be performed on each individual seeking to buy a semiautomatic rifle at retail and, in some states, that check must be preceded by securing a gun owners’ license or a certificate of gun safety.

Moreover, some states also have waiting periods in place for the purchase of firearms at retail and in some states, such as Washington, an enhanced background check for AR-15 purchases entails an extended waiting period.

Yet Watts tweeted:

There is a constitutional right to keep and bear arms. Watts did not cite a constitutional right to keep and bear cold medicine.

Five days after the February 14, 2018, Parkland high school shooting, CBS News claimed it was easier to buy an “assault rifle” than anti-diarrhea medicine.

AWR Hawkins is an award-winning Second Amendment columnist for Breitbart News and the writer/curator of Down Range with AWR Hawkins, a weekly newsletter focused on all things Second Amendment, also for Breitbart News. He is the political analyst for Armed American Radio. Follow him on Twitter: @AWRHawkins or on Instagram @awr_hawkins. Reach him directly at Sign up to get Down Range at


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